Lensbaby Blog Circle – October

Despite being determined not to miss another month’s blog circle September somehow disappeared without me managing a post. I was actually shocked to realise that I only picked up my camera once in the whole month! That really isn’t like me, I’ll generally shoot something once a week at the very least. I have been getting creative in other ways though so I think I’ll blame that for my lack of photography.

This month I’m sharing a few still life images inspired by a bunch of greenery I bought (just like a bunch of flowers except there are no flowers!), I couldn’t wait for the poppy heads to die and dry out and for the rest to wilt a little. I’m always more inspired by things that have past their best. I love the shapes, tones and textures of the poppy heads now that they have dried out and think they will be featuring a lot in my still lifes.

textures for photographers

photography by Janet Broughton

Photography by Janet Broughton

photography by Janet Broughton

photography by Janet Broughton

Textured photography

photography by Janet Broughton

digiatl textures still life photo

Most of these were taken with the Velvet 56 apart from the third and fourth which were taken with the Sol 45. For the textured images I’ve used various textures from my latest collection, in the third image I’ve blended one of my own with one from Flypaper Textures.

Next up in the circle is Gizella with her beautiful pink dahlias, please click here and head over to her post and then have a wander around the rest of the circle.


  • Carol Vipperman

    Beautiful images Janet! Thanks for sharing.

    • Janet Broughton

      Thanks so much Carol!

  • Gizella Nyquist

    I love all the pictures, but the black and whites are my favorites in this set. You are true master of using textures in your images, Janet.

    • Janet Broughton

      That’s very kind of you Gizella, thank you!

  • Jessica Verdière

    Hello Janet, I love your still life photos! Can you tell me what kind of light (lightning) you use to take this kind of photos?
    Bye, Jessica

    • Janet Broughton

      Thanks so much Jessica!
      99% of the time I will use natural light but this post is one of the rare times I didn’t. I use a very inexpensive continuous light with a softbox, I think it cost about £25 from Amazon.

  • Melita

    Beautiful selection Janet. I know what you mean about the month’s running away. I feel strange on the weeks when I am not out with my camera. The Poppyheads are just wonderful! I really like your choice of textures used too.

    • Janet Broughton

      Thanks Mel! I have been letting too many weeks go by recently without getting my camera out but I have some new backgrounds and props so I’m feeling all motivated 🙂 The poppy heads are gorgeous aren’t they? I couldn’t wait for them to dry out 🙂

  • Wendy

    These are brilliant Janet. Love the tones and colours and the textures really add to an old-worldy feel. I’m a sucker for old-worldy. Beautiful share.

    • Janet Broughton

      Thanks so much Wendy 🙂